We make a lot of jokes here at ScreenCrave about Hollywood’s ever-increasing trend of simply remaking past properties rather than risk developing new material, usually noting that the remakes are never as good as the originals since none of the original talent is involved. But today’s new poses a quandary—can we still mock a remake if the original writer/director and star return?
Because that appears to be exactly what is happening with Dimension Films’ long-gestating Hellraiser reboot. Dimension and the Weinsteins have been trying for years to remake the 1987 British horror film about a puzzle box that unleashes minions of Hell upon the sadomasochistically-inclined. And while they have toiled with every possible idea for a remake (from a non-remake reboot to a teen-friendly PG-13 remake), the franchise has depressingly slogged on with a series of horrifically bad straight-to-video crap sequels.
But it seems that Clive Barker, writer and director of the original film, may be the only person who can save this unnecessary remake: the author and director recently posted an update of his Facebook noting that the Weinsteins have not only accepted his pitch for a remake of his own film, but they want the original Pinhead (Doug Bradley, who played the character in all but one of the Hellraiser films) to return, rather than recast the series Big Bad.
HOT FROM HELL! My friends,I have some news which may be of interest to you. A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weinstein of Dimension Pictures,in the course of which I pitched a remake of the first HELLRAISER film… Today I have officially been invited to write the script based upon that pitch. What can I tell you about it? Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER.
Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley, and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed.
So there you have it—Clive Barker is to remake his own film.
So, can we still make fun of it?